When David Moyes was appointed the Manchester United manager on May 9, the football world knew he was walking into the biggest job in football.

Succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson is a challenge some managers would love whilst others would be overwhelmed with fear. One thing is for sure, everyone will be eager to see how Moyes, 50, will fare as he takes on the job a whole generation of football fans have never seen vacated.

Where a quiet start in terms of transfers have seen a few disgruntled supporters raise their concerns, there are other issues that will also arise during his first season at Old Trafford.

Here is a list of five crucial aspects that could make or break his first at the Theatre of Dreams.

1. Hit the ground running

Moyes, with all due respect to Wigan, is arriving at Old Trafford with a fantastic opportunity to start his time at United with a trophy.

Whereas a win in the Community Shield next weekend may not raise many eyebrows, defeat would see the doubters come out in full force against the Scotsman.

The Premier League however will see the biggest early fixture challenge of Moyes' first season, with games against Chelsea (h), Liverpool (a) and Man City (a) being three of United's first five games.

The champions will be asked questions straight from the off. Good results here however, could really allow Moyes to settle into the Old Trafford hot-seat.

2. Don't over-rely on fresh talent

One personal pet-hate of football managers is when they use a young academy developed talent, or a player returning from a long injury and refer to them as 'like a new signing' to cover up their shortcomings in the transfer market.

Arsene Wenger did the very same with Jack Wilshere last season and it would be foolish for Moyes to do the same with Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj. Whereas both are huge potential talents who have enjoyed solid pre-seasons, they need time to develop and nurture their talents rather than to be thrust into the spotlight.

Sir Alex Ferguson often used the Carling Cup as an opportunity to blood young talent into the team, and his successor would reap the benefits of easing these players into the first-team rather than throwing them in at the deep end.

3. Getting the best out of what he has

With a large squad at his disposal, Moyes will have to learn about his players in the remaining pre-season preparations and early season fixtures.

It is a big season for the whole squad, but three players stand out in particular. Phil Jones, who Ferguson believes could be one of the best players in United's history given time, needs to develop purely as a central defender, rather than becoming another 'jack of all trades' like John O'Shea.

Jack Rodwell, when coming through Everton under Moyes, was seen as a central midfielder, rather than defender, which - combined with injuries, and despite his move to Manchester City - could be seen to have halted his progression, and it is important not to do the same with Jones.

Likewise with Shinji Kagawa, often deployed on the left in his first season, really needs to be deployed as the playmaker to show United fans the level of performances that sprung him to United's attention at Dortmund.

Finally Danny Welbeck, a player who really shone at the Bernabeu in last season's Champions League, really needs to find a goalscoring consistency to truly cement himself as a United striker.

Patience is arguably on his side being the only local lad left in the squad, but patience may wear thin if the England striker cannot make improvements to his composure and finishing.

His work-ethic may be unquestioned, but hard work will only get you so far at a club like United.

4. Get the fans on his side

There is not a United fan around who does not understand the magnitude of the job that Moyes is walking into, and there will certainly be a lot of patience for the former Everton manager to stamp his mark on the team.

But the fact remains, United are used to winning, they're also used to being entertained. Everton's football, particularly over the past two seasons, was some of the best in the league.

If Moyes can take that to United then the action should remain at Old Trafford, but it will be trophies that really adhere Moyes to the United faithful.

Although Ferguson himself went almost four years at United without winning a trophy, he himself had lost some support from the fans prior to the 1990 FA Cup win.

Four years without a trophy may not be as forgiving for Moyes, particularly on the back of the two dominating decades under Sir Alex Ferguson.

5. Calm the overwhelming remarks

Walking into a job like that of Manchester United is one of huge magnitude, almost humbling, and whereas Moyes has shown respect and admiration of the club in his interviews, it is now his job and he must mark his territory.

Despite the fact in his 11 trophyless years at Everton, United won 17, he has earned his opportunity. It is important that he now stamps his authority and makes the job his own.

A good place to start would be the Wayne Rooney situation; clearly a player who sees his career elsewhere, it may appear authoritative for Moyes to stand his ground and tell him he's going nowhere.

But he is now at one of the biggest clubs in world football, and no player is bigger than the club. It may work to his advantage to allow Rooney and begin his legacy with players who want to be a part of it.

 

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